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  1. I often get asked by people who seek to upgrade their PC that they need a PC "just for browsing and e-mail". Now, if this was 1996 or even 2000, that would indeed be a trivial requirement. Browsing? Sure, it's all just pure HTML, browsed one page at a time. E-mail? Sure, it's just a dumb e-mail client.

    But today? "Browsing" can mean anything from Flash-laden site, Javascript VMs running in the background of even the most trivial sites, complex MPEG4 video decoding plugins, browsers using DirectX and OpenGL etc. E-mail? That practically means using web-based e-mail "clients" nowadays (who, outside of professionals, still uses a traditional POP/IMAP e-mail client program?). And RAM, oh THE RAM that even a trivial game of Farmville can suck up! You could fit 10 concurrent ZDaemon sessions in there.

    My point is, that browsing has evolved into a deceivingly requirements-heavy endeavour, and a "PC that's good for general-purpose Internet browsing" needs actually to be quite beefy, unless you're an atavist that still uses lynx and w3m, and PINE for e-mail. Thoughts?

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    2. Memfis

      Memfis

      I find the situation really shitty. In my mind websites are supposed to be no more than text with some pictures here and there. So it seems really ridiculous to me when my browser starts lagging. Like, where did we go wrong?

    3. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      mrthejoshmon said:

      Why is this in Doom General?

      Because Maes is forbidden from viewing or posting in Everything Else, aka Ultra Progressive World.

      Memfis said:

      Like, where did we go wrong?

      My guess is dumb old people in the upper brass of companies trying to keep on top of things, implementing stuff they heard was cool but don't really understand.

    4. Maes

      Maes

      Obsidian said:

      I think you should have posted this in Blogs.


      That was my intention, so imagine my surprise when I left my PC, came back, and didn't find it there. No idea where I fucked up O_o

      Well, I guess that, mods, please, pretty please, can you move it to Blogs? Thank you.

      I was prompted to post this because I noticed that lately, Google Chrome, once heralded as the new, robust, lightweight etc. browser, the One that should bring Light and Salvation, has also degenerated to being shit-slow, and I mean even for things like scrolling windows, with the shittiness also creeping cross-platform.

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